The Duality of Fields, Johnson's Arrow Points Up, Harry's Chance, What's Roughing the Passer? and Other Bears Bullets

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The Duality of Fields, Johnson’s Arrow Points Up, Harry’s Chance, What’s Roughing the Passer? and Other Bears Bullets

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  • The Associated Press (via KFVS-12) reports the NFL plans on discussing roughing penalties, which – given the backdrop of last night’s game – is wondrous timing for the league. However, it doesn’t seem like change is imminent. This doesn’t mean the NFL won’t make in-season updates to the rules. And I can’t rule it out. But I don’t think they’re making that call on a Tuesday morning. That’s just not in the league’s nature (for better or worse).
  • I’m just happy that referees have actually called some late-hit penalties against defenders hitting Justin Fields.
  • If given proper time to develop, Fields can do this…
  • … and this:
  • Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer has praise for Fields in the wake of Sunday’s efforts:
  • “I really think we’re looking at a great player in the near future,” Dilfer told the Spiegel and Parkins Show. And I’m totally here for that conversation as we move along in the year. It won’t be easy for Fields to reach those heights, mind you. The Bears’ future strength of schedule makes development a daunting task. But if Fields can navigate those minefields and show growth, the league better be on notice.
  • One thing that could help accelerate Fields’ development is N’Keal Harry making a surprise splash among the receivers. The Bears announced Harry is coming off IR and moving onto the active roster, which makes him eligible to play THIS WEEK. Timing is everything in the NFL. And the timing for Harry’s return to health couldn’t be better — for him or the Bears. With Dante Pettis struggling and Ihmir Smith-Marsette coming off an awful week, it amplifies this team’s needs at receiver. Now, here comes Harry, a 2019 first-round pick and yet another post-hype sleeper candidate receiver Chicago acquired in the offseason. There is an opportunity here for him to make the most of the situation begging for him to take control.
  • Can the Bears get even more good news from the injury front? Cornerback Jaylon Johnson was a full participant in Monday’s walk-through (which served as a simulation for practice on a short week). This hints that Johnson could be back starting at corner on Thursday. Bring on more positive injury report updates.
  • The Bears could use Johnson … and an early wake-up call. Because, as Mark Potash (Sun-Times) writes, the slow-starting Bears defense needs to not dig holes early. Don’t get it twisted. It is great that they’ve allowed just one second-half touchdown in five games. That is a testament to in-game adjustments and resiliency for a group that isn’t really built to be world-beaters. But a unit that invested two second-round picks (Kyler Gordon, Jaquan Brisker) and added to a group led by Roquan Smith, Eddie Jackson, Robert Quinn, and Johnson needs to be better all around.
  • More of this from Darnell Mooney, please:
  • Anything to get more hype calls from Jeff Joniak.
  • I’m loving the messaging from Head Coach Matt Eberflus, who shared some newfound perspective from Sunday’s loss while chopping it up with the media at Halas Hall on Monday (via the Bears):

“My message to the players—which will be the message to the players coming up in my team meeting—is that we have to finish and make plays down the stretch to win the game,” Eberflus said. “And that doesn’t mean special plays; you’ve just got to make the mundane plays and make sure that we execute in those moments. And then we’ll have good results at the end of those moments.”

  • An aside: It was fun to watch Monday Night Football without having the underlying thought of “oh this is what Matt Nagy’s offense would look like if it had a real tight end.” Frankly, the lesson learned here is that if your offensive scheme needs a unicorn for it to prospect, then maybe it’s not all it is cracked up to be.
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  • NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reports Patriots running back Damien Harris is “likely to miss multiple games” because of a hamstring injury that popped up during the team’s Week 5 win against the Lions. This is notable for a few reasons, including that the Patriots will face the Bears on Monday Night Football in 13 days. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not looking past Thursday’s Commanders game. But there is nothing wrong with being cognizant of what is coming down the line.
  • Business is picking up at Bulls camp, where there appears to be a battle for a starting spot at power forward between Patrick Williams and upstart Javonte Green:
  • Playoff baseball is coming TODAY:
  • Goodbye, old friend. May the Force be with you:


Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.